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Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) Apprenticeship

Start Date: 5th September 2022

Newcastle College Automotive 20
  • Length 3 years
  • Study Full-Time
  • Location Employer Based

Qualification Gained

City and Guild Award in Basic Air Conditioning / IMI Award in Automotive Air Conditioning Climate Control Diagnosis and Repair

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Looking for a way to earn as you learn whilst also gaining skills in automotive principles? 

Motor Vehicle Technician services and repairs light vehicles such as cars and vans, and works either in dealerships that focus on a particular manufacturer, or for an independent garage that deals with many different makes of vehicles. 

You will have an interest in motor vehicles, as well as a capacity for mechanical reasoning and good spatial awareness. You’ll be taught by industry-experienced tutors to get you ready for the fast paced world of work in Automotive. 

Motor Vehicle Technician apprenticeships concentrate on carrying out procedures to set up a component (e.g. clutch, height adjustment), the use of wide range of diagnostic and testing equipment, ability to remove and fit timing belts, connectors, tyres and handling fluids and removing hoses, belts, gaskets, bearings and other vehicle parts. This apprenticeship also covers hybrid/electrical vehicle operation and you will also receive a Fgas Air Conditioning Refrigerant handling certificate at the end of the course.

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What can I do with a qualification in Automotive

Daily tasks:

  • Repairs and services air conditioning, heating and engine-cooling systems.
  • Installs additional electrical amenities such as radio/CD players, aerials.
  • Checks condition of electrical/electronic systems and carries out servicing tasks.
  • Diagnoses faults in electrical/electronic circuitry, removes faulty components and fits replacements.
  • Carries out routine maintenance checks on oil and air filters, brakes and other vehicle parts/systems.
  • Reassembles, tests, adjusts and tunes the appropriate parts, systems or entire engine.
  • Removes, dismantles, repairs and replaces defective parts and prepares new parts using appropriate tools.
  • Visually checks, test drives or uses test equipment to diagnose engine and mechanical faults.

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Daily tasks:

  • Positions, secures and repairs external fittings including windows, doors, door handles, catches and roof attachments.
  • Installs and repairs interior fittings including seats, seatbelts and fascia in cars, sinks and special features in caravans and mobile shops.
  • Hammers out dents in bodywork, fills in small depressions or corroded areas in solder, plastic or other filler compound and replaces body panels using hand and power tools.
  • Repairs damage to chassis and engine mountings using hydraulic rams, jacks and jigs.
  • Selects, cuts, shapes and assembles materials to form parts of vehicle underframe, framework and body.
  • Diagnoses job requirements or ascertains work specifications from drawings or instructions.

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Daily tasks:

  • Liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.
  • Monitors service users.
  • Undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required.
  • Helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits.
  • Provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user.
  • Generally assists with service users.
  • Serves meals to service users at table or in bed, and assists with feeding if required.
  • Assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe.

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Median Salary

£19,742 View more

Daily tasks:

  • Orders new supplies, arranges storage and updates stock records.
  • Organises delivery of parts and handles payment.
  • Obtains parts from store or orders from suppliers.
  • Receives orders for parts by phone, email or in person and checks availability on stock record.
  • Updates stock record, orders new vehicles from manufacturer, buys in used cars.
  • Carries out pre-delivery inspection and formal hand-over of vehicle to customer.
  • Negotiates sale price including any ‘trade-in’ and extra accessories, works out finance arrangements and completes sales paperwork.
  • Discusses customer.

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Median Salary

£21,849 View more

What can I do with a qualification in Automotive

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